Boston Symphony Orchestra to release 32 DVDs of historic performances

Posted on: December 2, 2010

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston public broadcaster WGBH are partnering with the ICA Classics label to release 32 historic DVDs over the next four seasons. The first set of archival DVDs, to be released on February 22, 2011, will feature performances of Debussy, Ravel, Wagner, Fauré, Franck, and Beethoven at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre between 1958 and 1961, led by Music Director Charles Munch. DVDs are being pre-sold through the BSO’s own website and in the U.K. through the ICA Classics website. Originally broadcast on WGBH television, the material in the series represents some of the earliest of the BSO’s televised concerts. Performances have been restored by the German-based studio MSM, which has made repairs including de-noising of video and audio feeds, fixing scratches and drop-outs in the audio feed, and normalizing the audio. Future releases will feature performances between 1962 and 2002 led by Erich Leinsdorf, Colin Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Seiji Ozawa, among others.

Posted December 2, 2010